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Where did the English Earles family come from? What is the English Earles family crest and coat of arms? When did the Earles family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Earles family history?

The ancestors of the name Earles date back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from their residence in the parish of Earley, in the diocese of Oxford.

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Earles has been spelled many different ways, including Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Earl, Earle, Earll, Earlls, Erle, Irle, Urles, Urle, Erl, Earls, Earles, Earlie, Earlee, Erlegh, Erligh, Erleigh, Earleigh and many more.

First found in the County of Somerset. The surname originates from a Saxon word "eorl" or "jarl" which described the elder or wise man of the village. In time the name came to mean the leader or ruler and finally, during mediaeval times it was used to signify a nobleman of the highest rank.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Earles research. Another 649 words(46 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1120, 1160, 1616, 1653, 1662, 1859, 1812, 1812, 1590, 1667, 1586, 1665, 1614, 1648, 1615, 1615, 1678, 1758, 1601, 1665, 1650 and 1720 are included under the topic Early Earles History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 241 words(17 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Earles Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Earles family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 77 words(6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Earless to arrive on North American shores:

Earles Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Wm Earles, who landed in Virginia in 1654

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  • Jason Daniel Earles (b. 1977), American actor and comedian, known for his role as Jackson Stewart on the Disney Channel sitcom Hannah Montana
  • Henry Clay Earles (1913-1999), American founder and chairman of the board of Martinsville Speedway
  • Patrick John "Pat" Earles (b. 1955), English former footballer


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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Ne Tentes Aut Perfice
Motto Translation: Attempt not or accomplish.

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  10. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
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The Earles Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Earles Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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